The major at UGA is perfect for students who enjoy reading and analyzing literature, but especially those curious about other languages and cultures with interests in global studies, international relations, or foreign language. The curriculum focuses on literary genres, periods, themes, and broadly on the materials of literature itself—structure, rhetoric, or language. Courses are offered in literature and culture of Europe and America, China, Japan, Korea, and East and West Africa with language courses available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Swahili, Vietnamese, and Yoruba. Students are regularly presented with analytical questions such as 'What does the Japanese novel have to do with the English novel or the Russian novel?' or 'What connects literature with visual art?'.
The Institute for African American Studies within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences provides a central focus for study of the impact of African American contributions upon human culture. Students will choose from one area of concentration and from each of the other two intellectually stimulating and exciting courses across the following three areas of concentration - History and Culture, Behavioral and Social Inquiry and Languages, and Literature and the Arts – for an appreciation of history, culture, psychology, socioeconomics, diversity, humanity, and experience.
Norton Anthology of American Literature
Put rather too simplistically, one rough distinction made by critics is that realism espousing a deterministic philosophy and focusing on the lower classes is considered In American literature, the term "realism" encompasses the period of time from the Civil War to the turn of the century during which William Dean Howells, Rebecca Harding Davis, Henry James, Mark Twain, and others wrote fiction devoted to accurate representation and an exploration of American lives in various contexts.